A Class Finale They Won’t Forget! 15+ Ideas & Resources

“They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” – Carl W. Buehner

Many teachers will soon say bye to their learners. In the few days you have left with your learners take the opportunity to leave them with fond memories and knowing you believe in them. This may be difficult, especially when your students are restless. However, you still have time to end the year meaningfully by getting students to reflect, express gratitudes, cultivate relationships with their peers, play, and explore the world. Below, are tips, resources, and ideas to help you end the year making a lasting impression. Need Continuing Education Credits or engaging professional development? Check out my new online fully accredited courses, TESOL Methodologies or Connected Educators.

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End of the Year Activities! from Shelly Sanchez Terrell


  • Let students know you believe in them by writing them a farewell letter like this one or create a goodbye slideshow.
  • Students can reflect by creating a digital portfolio. Have students use my free template to finish in 1 class period that you can edit as needed!
  • Students can watch and write their own commencement speeches.
  • Get learners to play and move. Use GoNoodle.com for 5 minute brain breaks in class that get you and the students moving.
  • Students provide advice to future students. Check out this Sway Presentation by @AnthippiHarou of 5th graders providing advice to the students taking the class next year.

  • Students can reflect on goals and set some goals for the summer in a vision board or goal poster.
  • Create a digital magazine or newspaper of their favorite moments and memories. Try Issuu, Flipsnack, these Google newspaper templates, or these resources.
  • Students can make a teacher appreciation video, magazine, or slideshow.
  • End the year with a short live presentation that is 6 minutes or less. Try having them share their passion in a TedTalk, Ignite, or Pecha Kucha format.
  • Learn outdoors. Check out my STEAM/STEM outdoor activities.
  • Play games or get students to create their own games. Check out my game based resources.
  • Learn from a guest expert physically or virtually! Skype has a list of guest experts you can find here.
  • Make a video together, such as lip dubs, a farewell video, or memories video. Find my video projects resources here.
  • Students can explore the world with virtual field trips. Try these resources.
  • Integrate humor in lessons. Find ideas in my post about integrating humor.

Challenge: Try one of these resources to end the year meaningfully!

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

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